Dare County man saves two girls from rip current in Outer Banks

A Dare County man rescued two girls caught in a rip current on an Outer Banks beach. Dare County reopened Saturday to visitors.

A Dare County resident dramatically rescued two girls from a rip current Saturday in Frisco.

Jeffrey Del Monte and his family heard screams coming from the ocean as they drove along the beach, according to a release from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Del Monte spotted the girls panicking as they were being swept away by the current.

Del Monte dove into the surf, swam about 100 yards offshore, grabbed one of the girls and passed her to a friend who brought her safely back to shore, the release said. Del Monte then swam to the other girl. He brought her back to the beach without serious injuries.

Del Monte and his friend tended to the girls until emergency crews arrived, the release said.

“Jeffrey Del Monte’s heroic, selfless, and prompt actions were critical to saving these two girls from a very dangerous situation,” said David Hallac, superintendent of National Parks of Eastern North Carolina. “I am thankful for his courage and expertise which allowed him to perform this successful ocean rescue.”

Saturday was the first day that Dare County had reopened to visitors since closing two months ago to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Authorities had warned visitors of a storm off the coast that would likely cause rip currents.

Jeff Hampton, 252-491-5272, jeff.hampton@pilotonline.com

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